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CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 7:45pm EDT
example of that. for reasons that remain obscure, david souter and stephen breyer are frequently mistaken for each other. if you know what they look like they really don't look anything like but, you know, people may have a vague sense of who they are and one time not long ago, justice souter as he did was driving from washington to his home in new hampshire and he stopped at a restaurant to get something to eat and a couple came up to him and said i know you come and you are on the supreme court to be he said your stephen breyer, right? he said yes, i am stephen breyer. laughter could and they chatted for a little while and he said so, justice, what is the best thing about being on the supreme court? and he thought for a minute and he said i would have to say the privilege of serving with david souter. [laughter] how can you not love a guy like that? so i'm taking nominations for my favorite justice after that. let's talk about the current supreme court by the numbers for starters. well, there are six men and three women from the first time in history there are three women in the court.
CSPAN
Sep 30, 2012 7:00pm EDT
think of for instance bill clinton's nominees and with better ginsburg and stephen breyer. almost no controversy because clinton could have gone far to the left if he had chosen. there were potential nominees who were to the left of ginsburg and breyer but he went to the middle, and they were confirmed with a handful of oppositions. but in president obama's nominees were used the same strategy for both sonya sotomayor and elena kagan were totally mainstream nominees. sonya sotomayor had i believed 17 years as a federal judge. i think more judicial experience coming to the supreme court than any nominee in recent history. elena kagan was highly qualified. my numbers may be off but i think in the justice sonya sotomayor case she got republican votes and i think elena kagan got five. what is going on in the confirmation process? well, i will tell you little story that i heard about the process that is a wake-up call for how broken the system is. so it had appeared right after her nomination that she was calling to get a lot of republican votes. maybe most republican votes. she was a ver
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 7:00am EDT
74 there's stephen breyer. how would their retirements shift the court's ideology? >> well, it depends a lot on who is replacing those individuals. if justice ruth bader ginsburg, who is one of the more liberal justices on the court is replaced by a democrat, less change. but it will be monumental change if justice ginsburg is replaced by a republican or if a democrat, president obama were to replace justice scalia or justice kennedy. those would be monumental changes in what is already a very closely divided court on at least a lot of hot button issues. >> yeah. the most recently retired justices were john paul stevens went out at 90. david souter 69, sandra day o'connor 75. is there a tradition of when justices usually retire, be it age, or time served? >> well, they're like most human beings. a lot of factors weigh in. there is -- there was a tradition where justices would tend to retire during the term of a president that was at the same party that appointed them. but we know neither justices souter nor stevens did that. they were both republican employees and went out duri
CSPAN
Sep 23, 2012 10:00pm EDT
and served as an editor at the guild law journal. after clerking for stephen breyer and he was judge of the u.s. court of appeals, professor transport join. fester amarsaluting constitutional casebook from the privacy of the constitutional decision-making and is author of several other books, including the constitution and criminal procedure, bill of rights: reconstruction. america's constitution, a biography and most recent the unwritten constitution, the precedents and principles with live by. the honorable clarence thomas has served as justice of the supreme court of the united states for nearly 21 years. he attended conception seminary received an a.b. from the college of the holy cross and a jd from yellow school. he served as an assistant attorney general from 1974 to 1977 an attorney with the mephisto company from 77 to 79. for 1991 to 82 he served as assistant secretary for civil rights in the department of education and is chairman of the equal opportunity commission in 1982 to 1990. became a judge of the u.s. court of appeals from district of columbia circuit in 1990. presi
MSNBC
Sep 28, 2012 4:00pm PDT
, ruth bader ginsburg is 79 and has undergone treatment for pancreatic cancer, and justice stephen breyer is 74. antonin scalia is 76 and justice anthony kennedy is 76. with me now is jeffrey toobin, author of "the oath," and white house correspondent sam stein. jeff, thank you for joining us. i can only assume this is one of the best written books of its kind because you are one great writer. i read "the nine." i don't know how you escaped law school. you know how to put sentences together and also make it fun and easy and enjoyable to read without getting into jargon. congratulations again. >> thank you. >> i want you to be a tutor to the voter out there, not just women, gays, minorities, but everybody who cares about civil rights, cares about the kind of country we live in. what's at stake, say romney wins for two four-year terms, gets eight years, a shot at picking justices, or president obama gets four more years, what's at stake in those periods of time for the future of the country? >> does the constitution still protect a woman's right to choose abortion? may a university u
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